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Why Do I Need a Sign Permit?
Our Bylaw states that a sign permit must be obtained for the placement or erection of ground signs, wall signs, portable signs, billboard signs, etc. Sign permits ensure that signs are constructed in a safe manner, and conform to the City of Brantford Bylaws with respect to lot setbacks and other requirements.
How Do I Arrange For Inspections?
It is the responsibility of the owner, or his or her agent, to call for inspections during certain stages of project construction. A schedule outlining the inspections that need to be made for the project is always included with the building permit. To arrange an inspection, please call our office at least 48 hours in advance to schedule a time and date for the inspector to visit your project. Residential inspection schedules may include some or all of the following stages: footings, foundations, weeping tile, sewer rough-in, plumbing rough-in, framing, insulation, fireplace rough-in, pre-occupancy, final inspection. Inspections for more complex buildings, such as multi-residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional, are usually pre-arranged between the project supervisor and the inspector.
What is Plan Examination?
Plan examination ensures that proposed projects conform to the Zoning Bylaw, Ontario Building Code requirements and other applicable legislation. Depending on the complexity of the project, plan examination of applications may take up to one week for residential projects and up to two weeks or more for commercial, industrial and institutional projects. All drawings submitted to the Building Division with a permit application may be subject to approvals from other departments or agencies prior to issuance of a building permit. Therefore, to ensure prompt issuance of permits, submitted drawings should be as accurate as possible. This will make the plan examiner's job easier, and will ensure that you get your permit as promptly as possible.
Why Do I Need a Building Permit?
A Building Permit provides the means to review the project designs, inspect the actual construction and to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of the public occupying the building is maintained. It also ensures that construction within the City of Brantford meets the minimum standards as set out in the Ontario Building Code, Municipal By-laws, and other applicable laws.
What is Property Standards?
All property owners are required to maintain their property (internally and externally) in a neat and tidy condition so as not to detract from the neighbouring environment or present a hazard to any person. Minimum standards for the maintenance and occupancy of all properties in the City of Brantford are enforced by the Building Department on a complaint basis only. If you have a question about what constitutes a violation of the City's bylaws please call the Building Department to discuss the situation with us.